Thursday, December 11, 2003

Intensity? Emotion?

I gave up on College Basketball a few years back when it became as unpleasant to watch as the NBA with the cheating, commercialization and bad announcers.

One of the things I dislike most about sports these days is the showmanship cum one-up-manship that permeates victory and good play. The incessant pumping of the fist in the air, the in-your-face gloating, the deep throated, gutteral shouts of "Yeahhhhhhhhhhh!" and the genuflecting air punch are all too unpleasant. Whatever happened to winning with grace?

My father-in-law visited for a few days this week. I love spending time with him because we have a lot in common. He likes basketball, so last night we watched the Maryland v Florida game.

The dreadful and tedious Dick Vitale referred to an early-game celebration of an out-of-bounds call in Florida's favor (an out-of-bounds call, for crissakes, not even a basket) with the statement: "Look at the emotion, look at the intensity!"

What was displayed by the player was not emotion and intensity, it was sociopathic bullying approaching criminal assault. When did this become entertainment?